Fans of Star Wars know for a fact that Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala were married, but not a lot of people know about that in the Star Wars galaxy because it was forbidden for Jedi to be married due to how they shouldn’t form attachments. Of course, we did see that Yoda and a few other people found out about Anakin and Padmé after the birth of Luke and Leia. But did Yoda always know about Anakin and Padmé’s relationship?
It is possible that Yoda was always aware of the relationship between Anakin and Padmé or, at the very least, had hunches about it. There were hints about this possibility when Yoda sensed in Anakin that he was yet to learn how to let go of his fear of losing the persons he was attached to.
There is a good chance that many characters in Star Wars had hunches about the relationship between Anakin and Padmé but opted to give them the benefit of the doubt or, at the very least, turned a blind eye. After all, there was a war that they needed to win, and a Jedi Knight having relations with a senator was the least of their concern. Now, let’s examine whether Yoda knew about Anakin and Padmé.
Yoda Probably Knew About Padmé and Anakin
In Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker fell in love with Padmé Amidala when they first met. Padmé eventually admitted that she also loved Anakin, which eventually led to a secret wedding conducted during the start of the Clone Wars. And throughout the entirety of the Clone Wars, Anakin and Padmé kept this a secret, going as far as treating each other professionally whenever there were other people around.
Of course, the reason why it was important for Anakin to keep this a secret was the fact that he was a Jedi Knight. The Jedi were forbidden from forming attachments with other people because the High Council thought that attachments acted as the gateway to the dark side of the Force. True enough, Anakin’s attachment led him astray, as this was what Yoda feared the most when he was helping Anakin navigate his feelings.
But while Yoda eventually found out that Anakin and Padmé were married, as he was there when Senator Amidala gave birth to Luke and Leia, some indications lead to the possibility that Yoda always knew about them. Or, at the very least, he had his hunches that Anakin and Padmé were romantically involved with one another.
During the events of the Clone Wars, it was clearly established that Yoda was aware that Anakin was close to Padmé, as he was often the one assigned to her as a bodyguard whenever she had to go on missions for the sake of the Senate. As such, everyone knew that they were friends and were quite close to one another.
Meanwhile, during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin, and Yoda were seen talking in private. Anakin shared the visions that he was having and said that “They’re of pain, suffering, death.” Yoda asked if this was someone close to him, and Anakin quickly admitted they were. And Yoda was not a stranger to Anakin’s visions of death as he was there when a younger Anakin admitted that he had visions of his mother’s death.
Yoda told Anakin that he needed to let go of all of his attachments because these were what led him closer to the dark side of the Force. While that may not have been the best advice if we look at it retrospectively, what was clear was that Yoda could see Anakin’s feelings. For someone 900 years old and as wise as any other person in the galaxy, Yoda must have already connected the dots to discover that the person Anakin was talking about was Padmé.
Another clue is that in Star Wars: Clone Wars, Ahsoka started seeing visions of Padmé’s death, and that was when Yoda told her to focus on her visions so that she could find out who could be the one plotting to kill the senator. This is different from what he told Anakin as Yoda told Skywalker that he needed to let go of the one he loved. In Ahsoka’s case, Yoda told her to focus more on her vision even though he knew that Ahsoka was close to Padmé.
This could imply that Yoda knew Anakin loved Padmé and had a romantic relationship with her. As such, he told him to let go of his attachment to Padmé because he understood that this attachment was not just some close friendship he had with her but was already a romantic one.
He knew Anakin could not take Padmé’s death because of his love for her. Meanwhile, in Ahsoka’s case, Yoda was confident that Ahsoka would not react the same way as Anakin because he understood that Padmé was just a friend to her.
Of course, while Yoda could have done something about Anakin’s relationship with Padmé, he always allowed the Force to guide the events of the galaxy instead of intervening. Yoda was the wise master who preferred to let things play out while observing them. And the more important problem was the war with the Separatists, which the Jedi Order focused on more than the romantic relationships involving the members of the order.
So, while Yoda may have had his hunches about Anakin and Padmé, it was clear that he wanted Anakin to be the one to overcome his feelings for her. And as the leader of the Jedi Order, Yoda had to focus his attention on the Clone Wars.
Did Any Jedi Know About Anakin and Padmé?
The thing about the relationship between Anakin and Padmé was that it was always made clear that they were close. They didn’t hide that they were close friends because it was well-documented that they had known each other for a long time and had worked together on different missions during the Clone Wars. As such, every member of the Jedi High Council was aware that Anakin was close to Padmé.
Of course, not all of the members of the Jedi Council had hunches that there was something between Anakin and Padmé. Yoda was one of the few people within the Jedi Order that probably knew about it. Mace Windu may have had his hunches but was more concerned with the events happening all over the galaxy.
Then there is Obi-Wan Kenobi, the closest Jedi to Anakin and Padmé. During the events of Revenge of the Sith, he admitted that he always knew about the two of them but opted not to say anything because he was happy that Anakin was happy. On top of that, Obi-Wan was no stranger to romantic feelings because he also once loved someone strong enough that he was willing to leave the Jedi Order behind just to be with her.
Ahsoka Tano also had her hunches. During an event involving Anakin, Padmé, and Ahsoka in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, the Padawan saw how close her master and the senator were to one another and how this relationship was no longer just friendship.
Ahsoka never said anything about it, but she clearly knew that her master was in a romantic relationship with Padmé Amidala. And she was happy that Anakin had someone to love.
Who Knew That Anakin and Padmé Were Married?
While some people were aware of the romance involving Anakin and Padmé or, at the very least, had hunches about their relationship, only a few people were aware that they were actually married.
The first person on the list is Captain Rex, one of the people Anakin trusted with his life. He knew that Rex was loyal to him, so he was the only person he came to whenever he needed a reason to see his wife. And Rex covered for Anakin without question.
Captain Typho, a member of the Naboo Royal Security, was probably aware of Anakin’s marriage to Padmé. He oversaw Padmé’s security and stayed loyal to her from start to finish. As such, it wouldn’t be too odd for Padmé to trust Typho well enough to tell him about her relationship with Anakin, as Skywalker often secretly visited Padmé.
Of course, both C-3PO and R2-D2 were there when Anakin and Padmé had their wedding. 3PO was also serving Padmé as her personal droid, meaning he knew that Anakin often visited in secret. Meanwhile, Anakin trusted R2 with everything in his life, and that means that the little droid was aware that Anakin was married to Padmé.